Roman Mars and 99% Invisible remember a time when the Soviet Union was a world player, but not in design. We hear about their impassioned effort to recreate designs and manufacture goods- just like the rest of the world.
In the past two weeks, Valery Gergiev conducted the opera “Boris Godunov” at the Met in New York. Then he took his musicians, the Mariinsky Orchestra, to Detroit, Chicago and Chapel Hill. This week he’s doing five concerts at Carnegie Hall. Oh, and in the midst of all that, he performed at the Kennedy Center. Dick Gordon met the maestro in his dressing room, backstage at The University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall, for an intimate conversation. Also, another listener story about when politics became personal.
Dr. John Hope Franklin passed away yesterday in Durham, N.C. He was born in 1915 to an America still divided by race. Throughout his childhood and early education, his mother and father taught him the value of service, discipline, and hard work as the best way to rise above discrimination. He grew up to become one of this nation's most respected African American scholars.
In the summer of 1961 when Gurdon Brewster was a seminary student, Gurdon volunteered to work at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He stayed with Dr. Martin Luther King's father, Daddy King. As a white northerner in the South, Gurdon struggled with two kinds of discrimination that summer - from both African-American parishioners and his fellow white clergymen.